How to Drink Tea the Russian Way

Russians love their tea, especially  black unflavored teas like NIlgiri Nonsuch, Assams, Darjeelings, or any English Breakfast Tea, or Keemuns

For instance, Boris Kustodiev, a famous Russian painter was born in 1878 in Astrakhan, one of the biggest trading town on the Volga River. His life and art works are inseparably linked with his expression of his love and admiration of the strengths of Russian people. He recorded in his painting a lot of scenes of folk culture. The tea was a symbol of prosperity and richness.  In the series of "Merchants' wives drinking tea"  you can see how Russians lived in the provincial town on the Volga river in the 19 century.  

The Russian Way to Drink Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the top of the samovar there is a tea pot with concentrated tea called  "заварка" ( zavarkа). The samovar is where water was boiling.  "Zavarka" is poured into the cup, after that it is filled up  with hot water. The tea can be made as strong as one wants.

The tea was poured into cups, and from the cups into the saucer to cool down. They drunk tea slowly and respectfully with sugar, honey, lemon  or  jam and pastries.

Watermelons are on the table because Astrakhan is a center for the best watermelons in Russia. All these scenes make us feel the atmosphere of the quiet life of wealthy merchant wife. 

Some of our Russian-themed teas are: Russian Earl Grey or Russian Caravan or our new Lapsang Zhivago 1919

Another Russian way to drink tea is to take a spoonful of your favorite jam with each sip of black tea or even better, take a small piece of chocolate with a sip and enjoy it melting in your mouth.

No need to worry or be in the hurry, just enjoy the moment ! 

 


 

 

 

Russian Tea Drinking

 

 

 

 

 


Elena Volkova
Elena Volkova

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